AIA TAP 2010 Conference

This article captures an overview of the presentations in the plenary sessions of the recent “New Technologies, Alliances, Practices” conference organized by the AIA TAP (Technology in Architectural Practice) Knowledge Community in collaboration with other AIA organizations. The presentations covered a wide range of topics including BIM implementation, sustainable design, IPD, cloud computing, standards for BIM, and new ways of designing and visualizing, and included perspectives on technology and process changes in the AEC industry from a diverse group of AEC practitioners, software vendors, consultants, and academic researchers.


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  1. BIM software is available for building owners. See What is being termed as BIM seems to be limited to design and construction but the real power and potential of the BIM is as it is applied to building lifecycle management. In the AxisFM software, all the attributes of a building’s elements initiated by the designer (size, material, location) and enhanced by the contractor (technical specification, warranty information, maintenance requirements)can now be handed over to the owner. With the software, web based, an owner can schedule preventative maintenance, track building element performance and forecast the operations budgets for the next 20 years based upon the projected remaining life of each element. With historical performance data on each building element, an owner can direct the architects and engineers as to which products have the lowest total cost of ownership to be used in the next building. It also provides detailed information to calculate tax depreciation more accurately and serves as the basis for making decisions as to what maintenance can be deferred in tough economic times or where to improve or repair a building if there is some extra cash lying around at the end of the year. Since it is web based, the corporate office can look at the status of all its capital assets in summary or detail form from a dash board.

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